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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – first look at the new production

The tour has its opening night tonight

Molly-Grace Cutler (Carole King)
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Have a first look at the new production of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.

The new tour is co-produced by Curve, Leicester, Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Mayflower Theatre Southampton, and opens in Leicester.

Appearing are Molly-Grace Cutler (The Worst Witch) as Carole King and Tom Milner (Holby City) as Gerry Goffin, while Seren Sandham-Davies (Crazy For You) and Jos Slovick (Once) play husband and wife song-writing duo Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. Garry Robson (White Christmas) plays music producer and talent manager Don Kirshner.

Clare Greenway (Sister Act) plays Carole's mother Genie Klein, and Dan de Cruz joins as the production's on-stage musical director.

The cast is completed by Naomi Alade, Kemi Clarke, Chris Coxon, Amena El-Kindy, Louise Francis, Dylan Gordon-Jones, Jessica Jolleys, Sorrel Jordan, Myles Miller, Peter Mooney and Adrien Spencer.

After running in Leicester the show will visit locations including Theatre Royal Bath (17 to 26 March), Theatre Royal Brighton (29 March to 2 April), Festival Theatre Edinburgh (5 to 9 April), Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (12 to 16 April), Newcastle Theatre Royal (19 to 23 April), Orchard Theatre Dartford (26 to 30 April), Malvern Theatres (3 to 7 May), Cambridge Arts Theatre (10 to 21 May) and New Theatre, Cardiff (24 to 28 May).

The piece is based on King's remarkable career, and is directed by Curve's artistic director Nikolai Foster. The creative team features orchestrator Steve Sidwell and Curve associate and musical supervisor Sarah Travis. The actor-musician production is choreographed by Leah Hill, with the creative team featuring set designer Frankie Bradshaw, costume designer Edd Lindley, lighting designer and Curve associate Ben Cracknell, sound designer Tom Marshall, associate director Jennifer Lane Baker and casting director and Curve Associate Kay Magson CDG. Also attached are creatives involved in the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme (RTYDS) – resident assistant director Lilac Yosiphon and Birkbeck trainee director Thyrza Abrahams.

Featuring the back-catalogue of King, Goffin, Mann and Weil (with book by Douglas McGrath) the show originally ran in the West End for two and a half years before two UK tours.

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The cast
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The cast
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Tom Milner (Gerry Goffin), Bottom - Dylan Gordon-Jones, Kevin Yates, Kemi Clarke and Myles Miller (The Drifters)
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Tom Milner (Gerry Goffin)
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Kemi Clarke (Drifter), Bottom - Claire Greenway (Genie), Molly-Grace Cutler (Carole King) and Sorrel Jordan (Betty and Marilyn Wald)
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Myles Miller (Drifter)
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The cast
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Myles Miller (Drifter)
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Molly-Grace Cutler (Carole King)
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Garry Robson (Donnie Kirshner)
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Seren Sandham-Davies (Cynthia Weil) and Jos Slovick (Barry Mann)
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Naomi Alade (Shirelle), Louise Francis (Shirelle), Molly-Grace Cutler (Carole King) and Amena El-Kindy (Shirelle and Little Eva)
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Myles Miller (Drifter and Engineer) and Kevin Yates (Drifter and Lou Adler)
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Molly-Grace Cutler (Carole King) and Tom Milner (Gerry Goffin)
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Molly-Grace Cutler (Carole King) and Tom Milner (Gerry Goffin)
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Louise Francis, Naomi Alade, Amena El-Kindy and Adrien Spencer (The Shirelles)
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Louise Francis (Janelle), Molly-Grace Cutler (Carole King) and Tom Milner (Gerry Goffin)
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Kevin Yates, Kemi Clarke, Dylan Gordon-Jones and Myles Miller (The Drifters)
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an de Cruz (On-stage musical director, Righteous Brother and Neil Sedaka) and Peter Mooney (Nick and Righteous Brother)
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